The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts National Informatics Olympiad in collaboration with the Indian Association of Research in Computing Science (IARCS), Mumbai. This examination is conducted across the country and even abroad. The examination is open for all students between class 8th to 12th studying in CBSE schools and is also open for other students. The goal of this exam is to identify school students who have excellent skills in programming and algorithms. The examination is held in two stages and is open to all the students of classes VIII to XII studying in CBSE schools as well as other boards. The first stage examination consisting of the Zonal Informatics Olympiad is held in the month of November. The written examination tests the aptitude of the students, their logical competence, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking. The candidates who qualify in the first stage examination appear for the second stage examination held in January next year, which is based on programming skills. Selected candidates are then called for intensive training for the final selection of the candidates for the International Olympiad.
National Informatics Olympiad is conducted in two stages.
Stage one is a written examination of two hours and covers the following syllabus:
1. General aptitude
2. Logical competence
3. Problem solving skills
4. Critical thinking
Stage two is only for candidates who clear stage one and the syllabus for this is basically programming skills.
Olympiads Application Form
The application forms for 2013-14 will be out in the month of September and have to be submitted by mid October. The list of examination centres is enclosed with the form and also available on the CBSE Website: http://www.cbseacademic.in and on the Olympiad website: http://www.iarcs.org.in. The fee for each participant will be Rs 100. For a school that’s participating can send a consolidated demand draft for all the participants of school, drawn in favour of Secretary, CBSE, Delhi and send to the centre coordinator.
The Olympiad results for stage one, are out in the month of January. About 25 students are selected for the training camp and then the final selection takes place. Results are also displayed on the official website http://www.iarcs.org.in. Acadzone has a vast collection of preparatory books for Olympiads which can help students. Students must refer to previous years’ question papers to understand the test pattern.
Olympiad Preparation Books
The CBSE board carries out this test in 40 centres across the country and abroad. So, the competition is undoubtedly tough. Every student must be prepared to deal with it. To be able to deal with competitors across the country, you must prepare well. There are several books available in the market which can give you a fair idea about your state of preparedness. The best books for Olympiad 2013 preparation are listed below for your reference.
• BMA’s Model Question Papers for Cyber Olympiads – Class-5 by Laxmi Publications
• Physics Olympiads – Asia 2000 – 2009 by CreateSpace
• Indian National Chemistry Olympiad by Arihant
• Mathematical Olympiad Challenges by Orient Blackswan Pvt Ltd